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QuickView: Cyrus (2010)

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“Been in kind of a dark, existential place, to tell you the truth and then… I met your mom.”


The marketing and casting of Cyrus created expectations for an offbeat comedy, confusing audiences who received more of an unsettling indie flick, written and directed by Jay and Mark Duplass. John C. Reilly and Jonah Hill both offer surprising performances, Hill through understated creepiness, whilst Reilly flexes his nuanced acting abilities in role of an affable, neurotic and world-weary man with hints of the star turn he would take a few years later in Wreck-It Ralph. Marisa Tomei deftly makes the unusual central relationships believable. The film flounders structurally, taking over an hour of its 91-minute running time to set up the conflict between John and Cyrus, leaving its final act feeling hurried and lacking in any real depth. On the other hand, the time devoted to John and Molly’s relationship ensures that the audience remains invested in its success. Cyrus flirts with a darker tone but never really commits, resulting in a pleasantly unusual film without the edge it might have had in different hands.


QuickView: Keanu (2016)

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“You want to never get pulled over again, you drive an inconspicuous family vehicle.”

Clarence Goobril

Key & Peele deservedly leap to the big screen but lack the feline grace to land on their feet in this amusing but overstretched comedy. The premise — two regular guys inadvertently stumbling into gang warfare whilst attempting to recover a very cute kitten — is ridiculous and largely irrelevant. Peele co-wrote the script and his eye for divergent black culture is clear, particularly in a scene describing George Michael to black youths as a hood icon. However, after the third time we return to the same joke, one is left wondering whether Key & Peele’s comedic talents are best served by short-form absurdity without the distraction of an overarching plot.


"A film is a petrified fountain of thought."

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